For the last 5 or so years I’ve been serious about improving my golf game. I’ve watched probably every golf instructional video out there, and most of them didn’t help me at all. Through my process of learning how to get better I’ve learned a plethora of lessons that apply to life also.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to always be open-minded. Many people have heard this before, but most people don’t really put it into action. Even worse, some think that they’re putting it into action while in reality they’re doing quite the opposite. This is where I stood for most of my life, and I still stand now in some cases.
One area of life that I feel I can say that I’m open minded is in golf instruction. So here’s the story of how it came to be that way.
When I was about 11 years old I started getting really serious about my golf improvement. I would watch golf instructional videos all day and try to put them into action by night. I got lessons here and there and had a rough idea of what to work on. Work on swing plane, early extension, hip rotation, etc. Yet it seemed like I wasn’t making much progress. Then about 3 years ago I came across a youtube channel called wisdom in golf.
Once I started watching there video’s I became hooked. It’s like the stars aligned or something. “Using the ground to generate power with ease. Momentum is your friend. Let gravity do the work for you.” These are just a few of their ideas. I became a strong adherent to the wisdom in golf movement. I followed this way only, while blinding myself to all other options. You can probably see where I’m heading with this.
I then took a lesson from the wisdom in golf pro online, he told me to not get any lessons with my local pro because it would do more bad to my game than good. So I listened. His ideas were unconventional, but in my mind it made sense as to why they should work. So I kept watching his instructional videos and trying to put everything that he taught me into action. The problem was that I wasn’t getting any better.
So finally I broke out of the loop. Maybe he had some truths that could help out my game, but it just wasn’t working for me. I finally came to realize this and got lessons with a local pro. My game has improved tenfold with only 3 lessons. Granted, I was following the other instructor for over 2 years and hadn’t seen that much improvement.
Finally, today I’m learning my short game instruction from someone other than that instructor that I followed so blindly for years. I thought that I knew all the options out there, but I didn’t really. I didn’t try other options that could’ve helped out my game tremendously.
Real Life Application
How can this apply to life you ask? It can apply in many ways. For example, don’t blindly follow a religion without truly looking at all the other options. Same goes with science. I’ve been a strong advocate of science over religion for many years. I thought, how could these people not see the evidence that is right in front of them. I’ve come to realize that I was close minded myself.
There’s a scientific side that most religious people don’t truly get, but there’s also a spiritual side that most scientific people don’t understand. Thus, I see an obligation to truly understand both sides of the story with equal commitment to the facts. Letting your journey take you wherever it goes. Not only allowing yourself to end up in one place, or with one religion.
Open-mindedness is something that we all need to embrace. It’s something that I learned through golf, but that you can understand through your own life experiences.
If you have any thoughts I would love to here them. Please comment below telling me what experiences you’ve had that have helped you learn your own life lessons.